Tibet, Manjushri with sword

11th-12th century, Western Tibet, gilt copper alloy, at the Brooklyn Museum.

11th-12th century, Western Tibet, gilt copper alloy, at the Brooklyn Museum.

Under this aspect, Manjushri brandishes a (flaming) sword above his head with his right hand and holds the long stem of a  blue lotus or utpala in the other, which may be resting against his hip.

12th century, Western Tibet, Manjushri, bronze with silver and stone inlay, photo by Christie's.

12th century, Western Tibet, Manjushri, bronze with silver and stone inlay, photo by Christie’s.

Alternatively, he may hold it at heart level. The Prajnaparamita sutra (manuscript) is either in his left hand, on his shoulder, or on the lotus flower to his left (as above and below).

12th century, Tibet, Manjushri, copper alloy, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

12th century, Tibet, Manjushri, copper alloy, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century circa, Tibet, Manjushri, copper alloy, at Rubin Museum of Art

15th century circa, Tibet, Manjushri, copper alloy, at Rubin Museum of Art

When sitting, he normally has his legs folded in the lotus position.

Manjushri, 13th century, Central Tibet, Manjushri, brass, 28 cm, at LACMA

13th century, Central Tibet, Manjushri, brass, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Occasionally, he has one leg pendant, the foot resting on a lotus attached to the base.

12th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, Manjushri, Avalokitheshvara, photo by Bonhams.

12th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, Manjushri, Avalokitheshvara, photo by Bonhams.

This form of Manjushri is often part of a triad, along with bodhisattvas Vajrapani and Avalokiteshvara.

 

 

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